KAVALA

Greece

Kavala is mentioned in most guidebooks only casually, although it is one of the most beautiful smaller cities in Greece offering a wide range of places of interest for tourism. A wealth of possibilities for excursions in the surrounding area, many beautiful not overcrowded beaches, archaeological sites and many places of natural beauty makes it a fun-filled vacation destination.

Info Kavala

introduction

Kavala (Greek:Καβάλα) is a city in northern Greece, the principal seaport of eastern Macedonia and the capital of Kavala regional unit.

It is situated on the Bay of Kavala, across from the island of Thasos and located on the Egnatia motorway, a one-and-a-half-hour drive to Thessaloniki(160 kilometres (99 miles) west) and a forty-minute drive to Drama (37 km (23 miles) north) and Xanthi (56 km (35 miles) east).

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POPULATION :• Municipality 70,501
• Municipal unit 58,790
FOUNDED : 
TIME ZONE :• Time zone EET (UTC+2)
• Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
LANGUAGE : Greek
RELIGION : Greek Orthodox
AREA :• Municipality 350.61 km2 (135.37 sq mi)
• Municipal unit 112.6 km2 (43.5 sq mi)
ELEVATION :Highest elevation 53 m (174 ft)
Lowest elevation 0 m (0 ft)
COORDINATES : 40°56′N 24°24′E
SEX RATIO : Male: 49.4%
 Female: 50.6%
ETHNIC :
AREA CODE : 2510
POSTAL CODE : 65x xx
DIALING CODE :  +30 251
WEBSITE :  http://tourism.kavala.gov.gr

Tourism

Kavala is mentioned in most guidebooks only casually, although it is one of the most beautiful smaller cities in Greece offering a wide range of places of interest for tourism. A wealth of possibilities for excursions in the surrounding area, many beautiful not overcrowded beaches, archaeological sites and many places of natural beauty makes it a fun-filled vacation destination.


Festivals and events

Kavala hosts a wide array of cultural events, which mostly take place during the summer months. The top festival is the Festival of Philippi, which lasts from July to September and includes theatrical performances and music concerts. Since 1957, it has been the city's most important cultural event and one of the most important of Greece.

Cosmopolis is an International Festival held in the Old Town of Kavala that offers an acquaintance with cultures around the world through dancing and musical groups, traditional national cuisines, cinema, and exhibits at the kiosks of the participant countries.

Giannis Papaioannou’s Festival includes concerts and music seminars.

Ilios ke Petra (Sun and Stone)(July): a Festival held in “Akontisma” of Nea Karvali. The event is of folkloric character, with the participation of traditional dancing groups from all over the world.

Wood Water Wild Festival:Wood Water Wild is an outdoor activities festival, inspired by nature. It includes live bands & DJ sets, body&mind activities, a book fair, outdoor theatre, ecology, camping, and debates.

Kavala AirSea Show: An annual air show, which takes place during the last days of June

Besides, various cultural events are held in all municipalities of Kavala during the summer months.


Cuisine

Fish and sea food, as well as the products of the local livestock breeding and agricultural sectors are the prevailing elements of Kavala courses. In Kavala, the traditional local recipes have been influenced by the cuisine of the refugees from Pontos, Asia Minor and Kappadokia. Fresh fish and sea food, salted food, mackerel "gouna" (sun dried mackerel on the grill), sardine pantremeni, mussels with rice, herring saganaki, anchovies wrapped in grape leaves, Stuffed eggplant: these are some very renowned recipes in Kavala and the coastal settlements of the region. The grapes, wine and tsipouro produced in the area, as well as the kourabiedes (sugar-coated almond biscuits) from Nea Karvali are particularly famous.

History

Antiquity

The city was founded at about the end of the 7th century BC by settlers from Thassos, who called it Neapolis(Νεάπολις; "new city" in Greek). It was one of the colonies that the Thassians founded along the coastline in order to take advantage of the rich gold and silver mines of the territory, especially those located in the nearby Pangaion mountain (which were eventually exploited by Phillip II of Macedonia).

The worship of "Parthenos", a female deity of Greek–Ionian origin associated with Athena, is archaeologically attested in the archaic period. At the end of the 6th century BC Neapolis claimed its independence from Thassos and cut its own silver coins with the head of Gorgo (γοργὀνειο) on the one side. At the beginning of the 5th century BC a large Ionic temple made from Thassian marble replaced the archaic one. Parts of it can now be seen in the archaeological museum of Kavala.

In 411 BC, during the Peloponnesian War, Neapolis was besieged by the allied armies of the Spartans and the Thassians but remained faithful to Athens. Two Athenian honorary decrees in 410 and 407 BC rewarded Neapolis for its loyalty.

Neapolis was a town of Macedonia, located 14 km (9 mi) from the harbor of Philippi. Neapolis was a member of the Athenian League; a pillar found in Athens mentions the contribution of Neapolis to the alliance.


Roman Era

The military Roman road Via Egnatia passed through the city and helped commerce to flourish. It became a Romancivitas in 168 BC, and was a base for Brutus and Cassius in 42 BC, before their defeat in the Battle of Philippi. (Appian,B.C. iv. 106; Dion Cass. xlvii. 35.).

The Apostle Paul landed at Kavala on his first voyage to Europe (Acts, xvi. 11).


Byzantine, Bulgarian and Crusader Era

In the 6th century, Byzantine emperor Justinian Ifortified the city in an effort to protect it from barbaric raids. In later Byzantine times the city was called Christoupolis (Χριστούπολις, "city of Christ") and belonged to the theme of Macedonia. The first mention of the new name is recorded in a taktikon of the early 9th century. The city is also mentioned in the "Life of St. Gregory of Dekapolis". In the 8th and 9th century, Bulgarian attacks forced the Byzantines to reorganize the defense of the area, giving great care to Christoupolis with fortifications and a notable garrison. Bulgarians also ruled it briefly. In 926 the Byzantine general (strategos) Basil Klaudon reconstructed the fallen walls of the city, ("τα πριν φθαρέντα και πεπτωκότα τείχη") according to an inscription that is now in the archaeological museum of Kavala. Due to the location of Christoupolis, the city experienced an economic resurgence, securing the contact between Constantinople and Thessaloniki.

During the Norman raid of Macedonia in 1185, the city was captured and burned. In 1302, the Catalans failed to capture the city. In order to prevent them from coming back, the Byzantine emperor Andronikos III Palaiologos built a new long defensive wall ("το παρά την Χριστούπολιν τείχισμα"). It was ruled by Serbian Empire between 1345 and 1371. In 1357 it is mentioned that the Byzantine officers and brothers Alexios and John controlled the city and its territory. Recent excavations have revealed the ruins of an early Byzantine basilica under an old Ottoman mosque in the old part of the city (Panagia peninsula). This Christian temple was used until the late Byzantine era, as the also recently revealed small cemetery around it shows.


Ottoman Era

The Ottoman Turks first captured the city in 1387 and completely destroyed it in 1391, as a Mount Athos chronicle testifies. Kavala was part of the Ottoman Empire from 1387 to 1912. In the middle of the 16th century, Ibrahim Pasha,Grand Vizier of Suleiman the Magnificent, contributed to the prosperity and growth of Kavala by the construction of an aqueduct. The Ottomans also extended the Byzantine fortress on the hill of Panagia. Both landmarks are among the most recognizable symbols of the city today.

Mehmet Ali, the founder of a dynasty that ruled Egypt, was born in Kavala in 1769. His house has been preserved as a museum.


Modern Kavala

Kavala was briefly occupied by the Bulgarians during the first Balkan War in 1912, but was finally captured by Greece in 1913 during a successful landing operation by the Greek Navy that was commanded by the famous admiral Pavlos Kountouriotis. After the Greco-Turkish War of 1919–1922, the city entered a new era of prosperity because of the labour offered by the thousands of refugees that moved to the area from Asia Minor. The development was both industrial and agricultural. Kavala became greatly involved in the processing and trading of tobacco. Many buildings related to the storage and processing of tobacco from that era are preserved in the city.

During World War II and after the fall of Athens, the Nazis awarded Kavala to their Bulgarian allies in 1941, causing the city to suffer once again, but it finally was liberated in 1944.

In the late 1950s Kavala expanded towards the sea by reclaiming land from the area west of the port.

In 1967, King Constantine II left Athens for Kavala in an unsuccessful attempt to launch a counter-coup against the military junta.

Climate

Kavala has hot dry summers (mid June to mid September) and wet cool winters (November to April). Its not as hot as southern Greece in summer but colder in winter. The swimming season starts in early May and ends mid-October. From mid-June to late August there is hardly any rain and therefore is the best travel season (but also the hottest). For those who don't like the heat of the summer and do not mind occasional rainy days best traveling time is from mid-May to mid June and September to mid-October.

Climate data for Kavala

MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecYear
Average high °C (°F)9.9
(49.8)
10.5
(50.9)
12.8
(55)
16.8
(62.2)
21.1
(70)
26.8
(80.2)
29.7
(85.5)
29.5
(85.1)
25.9
(78.6)
20.9
(69.6)
14.6
(58.3)
11.0
(51.8)
19.6
(67.3)
Daily mean °C (°F)6.8
(44.2)
7.2
(45)
9.3
(48.7)
13.4
(56.1)
17.7
(63.9)
23.0
(73.4)
26.5
(79.7)
26.3
(79.3)
22.4
(72.3)
17.2
(63)
11.4
(52.5)
8.0
(46.4)
15.8
(60.4)
Average low °C (°F)3.0
(37.4)
3.5
(38.3)
5.4
(41.7)
8.7
(47.7)
12.6
(54.7)
17.0
(62.6)
20.3
(68.5)
20.4
(68.7)
16.4
(61.5)
11.4
(52.5)
6.7
(44.1)
4.2
(39.6)
10.8
(51.4)
              
Source: Greek National Weather Service 

 

Subdivisions

The municipality of Kavala was formed at the 2011 local government reform by the merger of the two former municipalities, which became municipal units:

Municipal unitPopulation
Kavala58,790
Filippoi11,711

The population of the new municipality is 70,501 and the area is 350,61 km2. The seat of the municipality is in Kavala. Some of the most important communities inside new municipality are:

CommunityPopulation
Kavala56,371
Krinides3,365
Amigdaleonas2,724
Nea Karvali2,225
Zygos2,057

Subdivisions

Kavala is built amphitheatrically, with most residents enjoying superb views of the coast and sea. Some of the regions inside Kavala are:

Agia VarvaraAgios AthanasiosAgios IoannisAgios LoukasChilia
DexameniKalamitsaKentroNeapolisPanagia
PerigialiPotamoudiaProfitis IliasTimios StavrosVyronas

 

Prices in Kavala

PRICES LIST - EUR

MARKET / SUPERMARKET

Milk1 liter€1.15
Tomatoes1 kg€1.32
Cheese0.5 kg€4.85
Apples1 kg€1.25
Oranges1 kg€0.92
Beer (domestic)0.5 l€0.90
Bottle of Wine1 bottle€6.00
Coca-Cola2 liters€1.75
Bread1 piece€0.82
Water1.5 l€0.77

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RESTAURANTS

Dinner (Low-range)for 2€20.00
Dinner (Mid-range)for 2€33.00
Dinner (High-range)for 2
Mac Meal or similar1 meal€6.00
Water0.33 l€0.50
Cappuccino1 cup€2.85
Beer (Imported)0.33 l€4.00
Beer (domestic)0.5 l€3.50
Coca-Cola0.33 l€1.27
Coctail drink1 drink€8.00

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ENTERTAINMENT

Cinema2 tickets€16.00
Gym1 month€35.00
Men’s Haircut1 haircut€6.50
Theatar2 tickets€30.00
Mobile (prepaid)1 min.€0.25
Pack of Marlboro1 pack€4.20

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PERSONAL CARE

Antibiotics1 pack€5.00
Tampons32 pieces€2.20
Deodorant50 ml.€3.15
Shampoo400 ml.€4.00
Toilet paper4 rolls€2.40
Toothpaste1 tube

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CLOTHES / SHOES

Jeans (Levis 501 or similar)1 pair€78.00
Dress summer (Zara, H&M….)1 pair€30.00
Sport shoes (Nike, Adidas…)1 pair€75.00
Leather shoes1 pair€84.00

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TRANSPORTATION

Gasoline1 liter€1.45
TaxiStart€3.00
Taxi1 km€1.20
Local Transport1 ticket€1.15

Tourist (Backpacker)  

51 € per day

Estimated cost per 1 day including:

  • meals in cheap restaurant
  • public transport
  • cheap hotel

Tourist (business/regular)  

142 € per day

Estimated cost per 1 day including:

  • mid-range meals and drinks
  • transportation
  • hotel

Transportation - Get In

Transportation - Get In

By plane

Alexander the Great Airport is about 30 km from Kavala near the village Chrysopolis. Planes, mostly touristic charters, fly all over Europe and there are daily flights to Athens. Except by Taxis, the airport is hard to reach by public transport. Car rental at the airport is available. There is a public bus from the airport to Kavala city. Taxi's official flat rate fare from Kavala airport to city is 35€ as of 16th June 2016. Beware that not regulated taxis at the airport are common and also the regular taxis show irregularities: taxi license not on display, complete lack of Information about the fare being applied (drivers claim they need to apply a double fare from airport to city). According to Kavala's police department, not having the fares displayed in the taxi is Legal while only license should be displayed. If you decide for taxi it is advisable to enquire about fare prior to entering in the car.

Transportation - Get In

By boat

Kavala is a major port. It is possible to reach it by ferry from Lemnos, and several other north Aegean islands. With a bit of careful planning, or aimless wandering, it is possible to reach Kavala from almost any Greek island with a ferry via other islands. A modern marina for sailing boats and motor boats is under construction and should be finished summer 2016.

Transportation - Get In

By regional coach

Interurban coaches ("KTEL" buses) are by far the most convenient way to travel around Greece, as well as for intra-regional travelling. There is frequent bus service from Athens Kifisos Station to Kavala, as well as from Thessaloniki bus terminal "Macedonia" to Kavala.

The first bus from Kavala to Thessaloniki departs at 6AM and the last one leaves at 8:40PM. There is one each hour (6AM,7AM, 8AM, 9AM, etc.) The buses at 9AM, 1PM and 5PM are scheduled as "Express" so these busses won´t stop on their way to Thessaloniki. The fare for a ticket to Thessaloniki is €13.50 and it will take about 2 and 2 and a half hour until the bus arrives at Thessaloniki.

From Thessaloniki to Kavala you have also every hour one bus from 8AM until 10PM (except 7AM and 9PM)

To Athens there is a bus twice a day: 8:45AM and 8:30PM. From Athens to Kavala it´s the same: Two buses each day at 8:45AM and 8:30PM

The timetable for buses to Ioannina is 9AM, 11AM, 1PM, 3PM and 5PM

Transportation - Get In

By Car

If you are in a hurry and cannot wait for scheduled plane or coach services it could be worthwhile getting a taxi from Thessaloniki, especially if there are 4 travellers when the split price can approximate a bus fare each. Make sure you agree the price before you get in the cab.


Transportation - Get Around

Transportation - Get Around

By bus

There is an efficient public transport system with lines going around the city (ticket price about €1.50). Detailed info in the regional bus terminal (called "Astiko KTEL") in "Filikas Etarias" Street near the harbour.

Transportation - Get Around

By Taxi

Taxis in Kavala, as elsewhere in Greece, are comparably cheap. You should not pay more than €5 if you hail a cab (orange or white colour) on the road to take you anywhere in the city. Note that taxi meters have two rates - rate 1 applies from 5AM till midnight, and rate 2, the double rate, from midnight to 5AM. Taxi fare fraud is not widespread but it still happens, so make sure the rate is correct. If you feel you have been overcharged, ask for a receipt (they are obliged to give one) and take the plate number, then phone the tourist police to report the driver on 171. Expect to pay €1 or €2 extra if you take a taxi from the bus station, the train station or the port, and a surcharge if you call for a taxi service on demand.

Transportation - Get Around

Trainaki ("The Little Train")

There is a free bus from the main square to the old town which looks like a tourist train. The station is in front of the National Bank. Schedules are written on the "train cars".

 

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Beaches in Kavala

The city beaches Kara Orman, 1 Perigiali (east end of Kavala) and 2 Kalamitza (west end) are flat and suitable for children. In the summer months, some chairs and parasols are available for free. The beaches are all easily accessible by city buses. The water quality is acceptable for beaches within the town.

Close to the west end of Kavala are the campsite 1 Batis Multiplex and the Bungalow Hotel 2Tosca Beach. They offer all comfort for a relaxed day at the beach with pool, sun loungers, parasols, chairs, entertainment for kids, beach bar, toilets, changing room, etc.. They can be reached by public bus from the main bus terminal.

Towards the west of Kavala are the tourist places 3 Palio (10km), 4 Nea Iraklitza (15km) and 5Nea Peramos (20km), all with nice beaches and beach bars. The latter two are typical holiday places with a lot of beach bars, restaurants, cafeterias, etc.

Especially younger people prefer the beaches of Amolofos (Nea Peramos). Parking, sun loungers, parasols, chairs and loud music are available there for free if you take a drink from the bar. The crystal clear shallow water and fine sand provides a relaxed holiday atmosphere for those who love more action than repose.

The further one moves from Nea Peramos along the expressway towards Thessaloniki, the more "lonely" are the beaches with crystal clear water and beautiful surroundings. The best known are 6 Sarakina (after the Hotel Ocean View) and Piros beach (at the tower). Further to the west, about 2 km after the turn of 7 Loutra Elefteron (hot springs) is the only nudist beach.

East of Kavala, in the Nestos Delta, near the localities Eratino and Agiasma there are vast flat beaches. Especially recommended are the beaches of 8 Keramoti.

Other beaches are Rapsani, and two small beaches hidden behind the rocks at Palio.

Shopping

Prices in the shops and restaurants are fixed and bargaining is not common.

Travel books:

  • Eastern Rhodopes: Nestos, Evros and Dadia - Bulgaria and Greece (Crossbill Guides, Band 14)
  • A to Z Guide to Thassos 2016, including Kavala and Philippi by Tony Oswin

Restaurants

People in Greece usually eat late in the evening (21:00 - 24:00), so during the day some Taverns, Psistaries and Restaurants might be closed. However, Tsipouradika and fast food restaurants are open all day long. The best restaurants are on Panagia, which is a street going from port to Muhammad Ali's house and at the old district next to Panagia Church (7). You may not want to eat near the port as prices are high and quality is not necessarily good. A good choice is the romantic fishing harbour "Sfagia" (19) at the east end of Kavala. There are several good restaurants directly at the sea front. In general calculate 15 Euro per person for meal plus drinks in Kavala. It is difficult to recommend some restaurants because the food quality often varies greatly, and hardly any restaurant provides consistently good quality. There are no taverns with foreign cuisine in Kavala only a German Restaurant in Nea Peramos (O Germanos). Real Greek specialities that are not adapted to "Tourist Greek Style" can be found in many mountain villages. A popular speciality restaurant is located in Koryfes (Oreino).

Coffe & Drink

Kavala bars and cafes are numerous, and you will have a great time visiting them. While you are vacationing in this Greek city, try and hit up the following bars and cafes:


Almyra Beach Bar

This a very interesting and exciting place to spend your evening. The Almyra Beach Bar has entertaining music all night long. The bar area serves all kinds of drinks, including household cocktails. If you need something to eat, the kitchen is open all night. Their menu includes international and local cuisine.


Open Cafe Bar

While visiting Kavala bars and cafes, make a point of going to this bar for a fun filled evening. The music is cool and soothing, and you can request the DJ to play your favorite songs. The in-house cocktails will get you in the mood to party. You will really enjoy yourself here.


Cafe Mare

If you love cappuccinos and all kinds of coffees, then this is among the good coffee cafes in Kavala. They have a wide variety coffees to choose from. The prices are very fair. You will find it on Averov Street just off the open air market.


Kapilio Tavern

It is the oldest among Kavala bars and cafes. This bar serves all kinds of seafood that is brought in daily. If you love meat dishes, you will definitely enjoy the meals prepared here. As you wait for your meal, enjoy the various local and foreign alcoholic drinks available. You will find the bar in the old part of town near Ononoias street.


Tembelhanio

Exploring Kavala bars and cafes should also include sampling some local delicacies. This cafe will offer you all kinds of Greek snacks, beverages and meals. The food is prepared from fresh produce and fish. The address is Poulidou 33b.

Sights & Landmarks

  • The Harbour. the central point for recreational, commercial, business and tourist activity. Since October 2002 the port is not used commercially. Today it serves the fishing fleet, tourism, ferry boats from and to Thassos, Limnos, Mitilini and water sports.
  • Ag. Nikolas church. with Apostle Paul Mosaic ( Kontouriotou Str), it's a “must see place”. Around the church there is an old, somewhat run-down neighborhood with many great cafeterias, Ouzo drinking places (Ouzerias), restaurants and small shops. Especially in the summer evenings it is very attractive place to have a beer.
  • Medieval Aqueduct. Well-preserved, it was cleaned and repaired few years ago. It looks like new now and is one of the city's landmarks. It is probably of Roman origin but the present structure dates to the 16th century during Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent's repair and improvement of the Byzantine fortifications. It reaches up to 25 meters high, 280 m long and contains 60 arches. Interesting to see are also some old houses that were built into this monument. If you go 100 m up the street on the side of the new town (Hellenikis Dimokratias Str.) and turn right into the 2nd street (Konstantinidou Str) after 50m (in front of the school) you find the start of the Aqueduct. You can even climb on it a few meters to take nice photos of the Aqueduct plus Old Town.
  • The Castle. on a hill above the town. Its biggest part was built in the 15th century. To get there it will take a 15–20 minutes walk from the harbour. A wonderful sea view and also a great view over the city. A simple romantic cafeteria invites you to linger. €2.5.
  • The Halil Bey Complex. contains the mosque of Halil Bey dated at the beginning of the 20th century, an older minaret on the side probably of the 16th century and a medrese. The mosque is built over the foundation of an early Christian basilica. Under the modern glass floor a big part of the nave of the old church with the Byzantine floor can be seen.At the beginning of 16th century the Byzantine church was converted to a mosque. It became the center of one of the oldest Muslim neighborhoods of Kavala, that of Halil Bey. From the Early Ottoman period survived the base of the minaret, which was attached to the southern wall of the Late Byzantine chapel. To the north of the mosque a medrese (Koranic seminary) was erected. The early Ottoman mosque was replaced at the beginning of the 20th century by a new one with the correct orientation towards Mecca. Its rich interior decoration is in the Ottoman-Rococo style.
  • Mohamed Ali House. Mohamed Ali was born in 1769 in Kavala and lived there until we was 30 years old. He was the founder of the dynasty which ruled Egypt until 1952 and a major figure in the Eastern Mediterranean history in the first half of the 19th century. His house was built in 1780-90 and contains a museum today. The building has a total surface area of 330 square meters and was the largest house in the town at that time and is considered as one of the most splendid extant examples of eighteen-century Ottoman architecture in Greece. Apart from the house there is also a large garden that currently operates as a bar-restaurant. Next to Mohamed Ali’s house there is a bronze equestrian statue of him.
  • Panagia Church (at the end of the old town). From its remarkable forecourt you have a good view to the island of Thasos. Opposite the church is a pub with a beautiful terrace from where you have a wonderful view of the harbor. It's worth resting there with a cold beverage from the somewhat strenuous tour of the hilly old town. .
  • Lighthouse (A few meters away from Panagia Church). The small lighthouse and its lookout point with a wonderful view over the sea. From there, a path leads down to rocks in the sea which is a romantic spot to relax. From there, the path splits and leads to the port or around the headland fortification wall back to the parking lot below the Mohamed Ali statue. This "Wall trail” is highly recommended.
  • The Imaret. was built between 1817–21 by Mehmet Ali (founder of the last Egyptian dynasty) and is a classic example of Islamic architecture and has survived almost intact. It operated as Muslim seminary, later became refuge for Greeks driven out of Asia Minor after the Greek-Turkish war (1919-22). In 1967 the monument was sealed. In 2001 it was restored and converted into a luxurious and elegant hotel, which maintains something of the ambiance of its era. Although well worth seeing from inside, it is unfortunately a bit difficult to get in, if you are not a guest of the hotel.
  • Ferry terminal. The port below the old town is starting point of all ferries going to the islands (Thasos, Lemnos, Lesbos, Rhodes, etc.). Next to it is a large parking lot, which is ideal for travelers as a starting site for a city tour that come by their own car to Kavala. Here are also some good restaurants and bars that are both lunchtime and evening always well attended.
  • Main Square (Platia Elefterias). On the right side (seen from the sea) is the old St. Nikolas quarter with its pubs, restaurants, little shops giving an impression how the town was many years ago. To the left of the Square is a the modern shopping district. In front of the "National Bank" is the station of a train-like bus going to the old town. A good alternative if you are not so strong on foot to climb the hill to the old town. Next to the bank is the Tourist Information Center that offers friendly help and free maps.
  • Shopping district. partially a pedestrian area with narrow streets, shops of all kinds and many street cafeterias. Also in the evening you find pubs and restaurants there.
  • Promenade. Picturesque fishing and sailing boats, restaurants, pubs, coffee houses. On Saturday morning, there is an interesting fruit & clothing market (Bazaar). Sit in one of the many cafeterias along the promenade in summer to enjoy the view over the harbor and old town. Especially in the night, it's a good place to drink a cold beer and watch people walking along.
  • The City Hall (Dimarchio) (on Kipos Iroon Park). one of Kavala's landmarks. In close proximity is the Tobacco Museum (Philippou Odos Str).
  • Archaeological Museum. It has several interesting finds from the area around Kavala, as well as from other ancient settlements. It's worth seeing although it has nothing spectacular to offer.
  • The Via Egnatia. The Via Egnatia is the ancient Roman road which ran across the Balkans between the port of Durrës (Albania) and Istanbul connecting the Adriatic Sea and the Bosporus. This first “highway” across the Balkans was built around 146 BC. Kavala was an important station along its route. A few hundred meters of the ancient road are well preserved. Unfortunately the place is not signposted and needs a bit searching. Going out of Kavala center (on 7is Merarchia Str.) there is a parking area and view point 750m after the Hotel Egnatia on the left street side. From there a path leads 150m downhill to the Egnatia.
  • Agios Silas Monastery. The Monastery of Agios Silas is dedicated to the Apostle Silas who accompanied Saint Paul on his journey to Philippi. A small church was built here in 1937, at the location where, according to Christian tradition, Paul and his companions Silas, Timothy and Luke rested on their way to Philippi. Although it's not a “must see location” its quite photogenic and you have a nice view over Kavala.
  • The White Cross. High over Kavala a big white cross can be seen from everywhere in the town. Its a very nice place to go and you have a fantastic view over Kavala and the coast line, the Pangaion Mountain and the Delta of the river Nestos. Although you can reach the point only on mud roads and its not signposted its definitively worth to go there, especially in late afternoon, when the sun is not burning hot anymore. Coming from Kavala center turn right opposite of Ag.Silas Monastery (at a bus station shortly before the motorway access towards Xanthi) and follow the paved road uphill 1,5km until you reach a little church and a hut with parking and grill place (turn left shortly before the paved road ends, signposted as FOK). From here you can make a nice 2,5 km walk to the cross. Its also possible to go by car but the path is not paved and needs careful driving if you don't have a 4WD car.
  • Sfagio. A nice scenic small fishing harbour at the east end of Kavala with good restaurants and bars direct at the sea front. A perfect place for having dinner.

Things to do

  • Sailing / motor boat rental: Several companies offer their boats at the harbor of Kavala or Irakliza.
  • Enduro Touring: Organized tours with enduro bikes in the mountains at Kavala. Any levels of difficulty are offered.
  • Organized canoe trips and rafting on the river Nestos
  • Jet skiing, water ski at the beaches of Irakliza and Nea Peramos
  • Diving schools are at the harbor of Kavala and in the suburb “Palio

Festivals and events

Wood Water Wild festival

Wood Water Wild is an outdoor activities festival held around the Palia Kavala village and is 'inspired by nature' .The festival offers three days of countryside activities, such as hiking, climbing, horse riding, a mountain running race, a mountain bike race, art shows and exhibitions, seminars, yoga sessions, open air concerts and dj sets, kids' activities and many more. The most popular event venues along the path include the waterfall, the quarry, the watermill and the picturesque village of Palia Kavala itself.

Nightlife

Most bars, cafeterias and restaurants are located along the promenade, at the port, in the quarter around Ag.Nikolas church and in the street that leads to the old town. Another destination is the little fishing harbor called “Sfagio” at the east end of Kavala. There are very nice restaurants and bars directly at the waterfront. Summer bars can be found also further away from the center of Kavala in Palio, Irakliza and Nea Peramos. These are typical tourist villages. During high season they offer musical events, beach parties, etc.


Almyra Beach Bar

Almyra Beach Bar is one of the most famous beach-side places for people to relax over a drink. The bar is known for playing lively music such as Caribbean music and other electronic genres. If you happen to be looking out for a club or bar that goes on until the wee hours of the morning, then it's got to be Almyra Beach Bar. Making this bar even more attractive is the fact that its food and drink menu is priced very well.


Palaia Bibliothiki

Palaia Bibliothiki is translated as "Old Library" in Greek. What used to be an old library has now been converted into a cafe-style location. It is frequented by both tourists and locals. In the daytime, you will be able to enjoy coffee here, but come nighttime, the entire place lights up as the mood switches to a party atmosphere. Drinks served here are well made and so is the food. Palaia Bibliothiki plays good music as a perfect accompaniment for your drink.


Queens

Queens happens to be one of the most famous clubs in Kavala. The club plays host to many well known disc jockeys, all of whom spin the best music to heat up the dance floor. Drinks here can get a bit expensive, but if you're looking for some good beats to dance to until the early hours of the morning, then a nocturnal visit to Queens is a must.


Nisi Bar

If gyrating dancers are absolutely not your thing, then head without a thought to Nisi Bar. You'll be satisfied with a good dose of live music, with musicians sometimes playing rare instruments.


Imaret Hotel

Are you looking to make some money out of a quick gamble? Head to the Imaret Hotel's casino. If you want to enjoy a fancy drink, the hotel's warm bar overlooking the bay is a superb option. You can try out cocktails as well as other beverages ranging from champagne and cognac to malts.

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